ABMS announces creation of adult congenital heart disease subspecialty

12/5/2012

Yesterday, the American Board of Medical Specialties announced the creation of physician certification in a new cardiovascular subspecialty: Adult Congenital Heart Disease. The subspecialty will be offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine and will create a pathway for certification for cardiologists previously certified by either the ABIM or the American Board of Pediatrics. “This decision marks a great day for patients with adult congenital heart disease and their doctors,” said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. “The advances in cardiology over the past several decades mean that the majority of pediatric congenital heart disease patients are surviving well into adulthood and even old age. This is very good news but with it comes the need for a more specialized focus on this type of patient. The certification in adult congenital heart disease subspecialty allows this growing group of patients to have their unique cardiac needs met and lifts some of the burden on pediatric cardiologists who may not be appropriately trained in adult health issues.” Learn more.

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